The 2020 pandemic has affected the world in a zillion ways and final year students from different graduation courses have been severely hit with uncertainty, crisis, and risk. There are students in ‘would-be-soon’ status whose examinations and evaluations have been delayed. Because of the economic crisis, a lot of companies have withdrawn their placement offers, creating another problem for the upcoming graduates. There’s no denying the fact that the situations are not very conducive for such students but with a good strategy, positivity, and a good plan, things can be made better. After all, it’s all about carving out an opportunity from a crisis!
Almost all reputed examination notifications and results like SSC CPO results are announced online. Hence, the process is hassle-free, accurate, and transparent. You need not go anywhere to get a form or to check your result. While conducting an offline exam is difficult in the current situation, an online mode examination has a better chance of being conducted in the near future. The good news is that from the past few years government exams have gone to online mode. Even the hall tickets like that of SSC CPO admit card, are published online which means that you need not wait to get your admit card delivered by post.
Stability and Security:
So what if your recruiter company withdrew the offer, the country is still looking for able candidates like you! Government jobs are a secure option to make a career. By applying for national level banking and other government recruitment examinations and clearing the exam when you can get yourself into respectable jobs. Government jobs are stable and secure for the fact that even if your department shuts down, you would not be fired but transferred to a different department. Along with this, there are numerous perks and benefits like allowances, earned leaves, child education reimbursement, health insurance cover, holidays, provident fund and retiral benefits. Additional benefits are provided to women employees where they can avail up to get up to 180 days of paid maternity leaves along with up to 730 days of child care leave per child along with monetary support for the child’s education.
Another reason to go for a government job is that preparation required for exams of the same category are very similar which means that a targeted preparation plan for one exam can be fruitful for many more exams. While Language assessment, Quantitative Aptitude and Logical reasoning and general awareness are common for all the examinations, there could be a difference in terms of marking scheme, question per section and difficulty level.
With so much idle time at hand, skilling up is a great option, well honestly, it’s not just an option, its a need! The industry’s hiring patterns have been changing with the advent of startups that focus on skills rather than past academics or marks. Hence, it becomes all the more important to get yourself an industry-relevant skillset, to stand out and beat the ever-growing competition. Online certifications and courses can be your saviours to inculcate new skills. All you need to do is research on the skills that align with your interest, aspiration and industry requirement.
With concepts of Agile and Business 4.0 gaining popularity in the industry, it is imperative that the workforce must be cross skilled ie should be able to perform not just one task but be flexible and capable enough to handle different tasks in different situations. If you are from a technical background, you must try to acquire business skills of communication.planning and management while if you happen to be from a non-technical background like commerce, arts or human resources, you must start putting efforts to leaning analytics tools and techniques to supplement your domain knowledge with technology. Hence, if you are already a master of one, you should start planning to be a jack of all!
Be flexible, Be creative, Be motivated:
During this crisis, the job opportunities are not as great as they would otherwise be. A lot of companies are refraining from hiring costly full-time candidates as they are uncertain about how the company would fare in the near future. A lot of such companies had to even shut down owing to a reduction in business and financial loss due to the pandemic. However, a lot of such companies are hiring candidates on a freelance and contract basis. Nonetheless, freelancing is a great option in the current scenario, to learn the way you want, to earn as per your convenience and to stay safe at home!
It is also a great opportunity to pursue some work that is not your mainstream industrial skill but a hobby! For example, you could be a machine learning expert but writing has your heart. You can get into professional content writing as a freelancer and explore a whole new industry all together depending upon the domain you write in.
Last but not the least, remember the startup that you and your friends planned over a cup of coffee in the college canteen? Now is the time to give it a serious thought. Be creative, research, conceptualize and execute your ideas and see how you can convert this crisis to opportunity for yourself and benefit the society as a whole!
Hope this article motivates you to plan your future better!